Location:This position is usually located in our Headquarters in New York City, but is remote while offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the United States.
The chief operating officer, a newly created position, will report to the executive director, serve as a member of the executive management team, and hold overall responsibility for PHR’s operational effectiveness, lead strategic and work planning processes, and directly supervise finance, administration, human resources, and information technology.
Manage strategic and annual work planning processes
As a member of executive management team, promote organizational effectiveness
Lead, mentor, supervise, and hold accountable a team of five finance, human resources (HR), and operations professionals, in addition to external consultants and vendors
Lead PHR’s financial strategy, ensuring short- and long-term sustainability
Oversee short-and long-term fiscal planning, including monitoring and reporting, budgeting and forecasting
Optimize PHR’s fiscal policies, controls, and compliance systems, including grant management
Support board finance and audit committees and serve as liaison to board treasurer
Ensure adherence to funder requirements, and oversee compliance with tax, labor, licensing, and reporting requirements in the United States and abroad
Promote best practices in organizational management, performance management, and leadership development
Supervise efforts to recruit, retain, develop, and inspire PHR’s highly qualified and committed staff
Optimize HR policies and procedures to ensure compliance as well as consistency, fairness, accountability, and transparency
Cultivate an organizational culture that reflects PHR’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Support a learning culture that engenders knowledge sharing, feedback, continuous growth, and retention
Operations and Information Technology
Streamline and standardize operations with an eye toward continuous process improvement
Develop PHR’s information technology strategy and systems, including knowledge management and data security; manage external IT consultants and oversee technology
With support from pro bono counsel, manage vendor contracts, real estate leases, memoranda of understanding, and consultant agreements
Manage PHR’s offices, including re-opening post-COVID-19 pandemic
Support efforts to protect physical and digital staff security
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
15+ years of senior management experience working cross-functionally across finance, operations, human resources, and IT in complex organizations; nonprofit experience strongly preferred
Demonstrated finance expertise, including budgeting, multi-year forecasting, modeling, accounting, and reporting
Commitment to PHR’s mission, cultural competency, and international experience
Proven ability to navigate complex nonprofit compliance and risk management issues
Ability to steward organizational culture, including leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Exceptional emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred
Additional Salary Information: PHR offers competitive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.
About Physicians for Human Rights
For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We investigate and document abuses, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held accountable for their crimes. PHR uses our core disciplines – science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of frontline human rights defenders. We work closely with hundreds of partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that survivors can seek justice.
PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.